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ANCIENT PO E M S.
OR, THE WOOEING, WINNING, AND WEDDING of TIBBE, THE REEV'S DAUGHTER THERE.”
It does honour to the good sense of this nation, that while all Europe was captivated with the bewitching charms of Chivalry and Romance, two of our writers in the rudest times could
see thro' the falle glare that surrounded them, and disco-
But fashion and opinion are superior to authority ; and the
regular challenge the appointed day—the lady for the price
The TURNAMENT OF TOTTENHAM was first printed
from an ancient MS. in 1631, 470, by the rev. Whilhen.
the Bible. The rells us it was mauristen by"Gilbert applington, o He
Christi. Bedwell, who was eminently skilled in the oriental, and
the ancient writers in his own, and he so little entered into
“ I do
any to attempt to do that, although in Sport, which was " to straightly forbidden, both by the civill and ecclefiafticall
power? For although they fought not with lances, yet, as
our authour sayth, « It was no childrens game.” And “ what would have become of him, thinke you,
which “should have flayne another in this manner of jeafting? “Would he not, trow you, have been HANG'D FOR IT
IN EARNEST? YEA, AND HAVE BENE BURIED LIKE
A DOGCE?” It is however well known that Turna. ments were in use down to the reign of Elizabeth.
In the former editions of this work, Bedrvell's copy was transcribed here, with some few conjectural emendations ; but as Bedwell seemed to have reduced the orthography at least, if not the phraseology', to the fandard of his oren time, it was 4
in the oriental and other languages,
and afterwards Bishop of kilmore on Jaeland, where he kid anódicwilt te higheft reputation of fanctis, in 1641.
with great pleasure that the Editor was informed of ar
F all thes kene conquerours to carpe it were kynde ;
Of fele feyztyng folk ferly we fynde;
Of Hawkyn, of Herry,
And ftalworth in dede.
Tyl the day was gon and evyn-fong past,